I love reading about how the social traditions in America have developed and changed and this book definitely showcases a fascinating aspect of American culture, the teen years. High School Prom not only discusses the advent and development of proms but also of the advent and development of the teenager. Many kids of today (and adults too) would find it a surprise that life had ever existed without teenagers. But way back when the teen years were times of hard work not of education and free time. And when the "teenager" did come into being it wasn't anything like what kids these days know. Proms have played an important part in the high school landscape, but the seem to be lessening in importance as the American traditions are dying out in favor of technology. I'd be fascinated to see this book re-written in 20 years as an homage to a teen event that no longer exists. If you like history, sociology, economics, or anthropology then this book is for you. Full of fact, figures and history of the American teen and the rite of passage we call PROM it is a great read.